Saturday, April 1, 2023

McLaren P1

Production of the mighty McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid hypercar has come to an end. The McLaren P1 is a stunning piece of automotive design, but you won’t find any needless ornaments or frivolous styling features on it.

All of the planned 375 cars have now been produced, therefore the P1 now enters the out-of-production stage with other electric cars such as the Tesla Roadster, Honda Fit EV and Toyota RAV4 EV.

“The ending of P1 road car production at Woking leaves just one car in McLaren’s ‘Ultimate Series’ range of cars: the 986bhp P1 GTR, production of which is due to end early next year. From then on, attentions will turn to the P1’s successor, which is unlikely to appear before 2020.” – Autocar

All of the 375 P1s were spoken for before production even began on the first unit. Even with a $1 million price tag, the P1 was sold out before one was ever produced.  Exclusivity to these 375 owners was guaranteed, so no more can be produced outside that pool.

Mighty P1

Although the McLaren P1™ is one of the most technically complex cars ever created, the systems all work together to deliver both performance and driver reward.

In terms of the technology it carries, it’s fair to say the McLaren P1™ is closer to the complexity of an aircraft than a conventional car. As such, it’s a showcase for the knowledge and passion of the engineering team that created it. But there are no gimmicks or pointless features – everything is focused on putting the driver at the heart of the dynamic experience.

The IPAS electrical assistance system is one of the most powerful hybrid powertrains ever fitted to a car, and has been designed to take on the gruelling challenge of sustained track use. Active aerodynamics mean the McLaren P1™ can maximise downforce and reduce drag, and the RCC (Race Active Chassis Control) system gives the chassis unprecedented adjustability.

Jeremy Clarkson calls this “The Widowmaker

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